“I counsel you to buy from me… salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see” (Rev. 3:18, ESV).
Eye salve/ointment: Here we have the third and final commodity King Jesus is offering to “sell” to us, without money and without cost. Just as He longs to lavish us with golden faith to replace our poverty, and magnificent white robes to cover our shame, He also deeply desires to transform our blindness into spiritual sight.
I have a dear friend who suffered vision loss as a result of a terrible accident at work. He still has his peripheral fields of sight, but his central vision is completely gone. I have been so struck by his ability to navigate physically in spite of his handicap. Oftentimes, we are like that spiritually. We are missing major pieces of our vision, and have learned to push through life and survive without them.
Someone once sent me a video of a baby boy receiving some very needed glasses. He had severe vision issues and hadn’t really been able to see his mother before that moment. The way his face lights up in innocent, unabashed joy when he sets eyes on her for the first time… words just don’t do it justice. I laughed and teared up and replayed it I don’t know how many times.
That’s what Daddy wants for us. No parent has ever gazed with such tenderness on their child as He does on us. He yearns for us to be able to truly perceive the oceans of love in His eyes as He looks into our faces. It hurts His heart when we miss out on the indescribable riches that come when the eyes of our heart can truly see Him.
This is where my dream comes in. My dream self had a serious vision problem and needed restoration. How did God choose to provide the needed healing? By completely wrapping me up in His love. His love was so powerful, so overwhelming, that it literally swept me off my feet. It overcame me. When He finished working so deeply, I could see again.
This is how He heals our spiritual eyes: by enveloping us in His love. Our verse from Revelation uses the word “anoint.” That is exactly what He does for us. He imparts the anointing to our eyes. He transmits restoration to them through the raw power of His love. Eye salve is anointing. It’s the revelation of His love.
When does He apply this salve to our eyes? The answer lies in the same passage, two verses later: “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me” (v. 20, TLB).
We receive healing for the eyes of our heart when we open the door to Jesus. All day long, every day, He woos us. He knocks. He yearns. He initiates. He pursues. He invites. When we open to Him, He comes in. He wraps us up in His arms, and indescribably rich, profound, healing fellowship begins.
Today, lean into the passionate tones of His voice as He beckons to you, “Come, precious child, buy salve from Me. I long to heal your eyes so you can see Me. Do you hear My heart calling to you? I yearn to envelope you in My embrace! Here I am, knocking!”
Will you open to Him?